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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more


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What is the difference between celiac disease and ibs?

What is the difference between celiac disease and ibs?

Celiac vs IBS: Celiac is an autoimmune disease (not a food allergy) where the IgA antibody is directed against the cells that break down gluten...So u become intolerant. Ibs is a wastebasket term when there are GI related issues (diarrhea, bloating, etc.) that does not have a true clinical diagnosis based on looking for other GI diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

What is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Cekiac disease: There are a number of skin disorders assocaited with celiac disease. Dh is one that can resemble flea bites. One has to look at the whole picture to decide if there is underlying celiac disease or if the dog has fleas. Go to http://www.Celiaccentral.Org/skin/. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

I want to know what is the difference between flea bites and celiac disease rash?

Flea bites vs rash: Fleas only jump about knee high so the bites are usually below the knee and look like insect bites, firm red itchy-painful nodules, some may have pustules. Rash due to celiac disease is dermatitis herpetiformis, grouped crusted red bumps, urticarial papules or vesicles on extensor surfaces, such as elbows, knees, buttocks, back. Because rash is very itchy, usually we see mostly scratches on exam. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Sxs/mechanism: A true food allergy goes through the immune system and causes a sudden, potentially life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) which includes hives, swelling, breathing sxs, GI sxs, heart sxs, nasal/eye sxs. This can be diagnosed by an allergist. Celiac is a different immune response to gluten in the gut. Symptoms can be more subtle (stomach sxs and others) and initial eval involves a blood test. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between wheat allergy & celiac disease?

I want to know what is the difference between wheat allergy & celiac disease?

Allergic & toxic: Wheat allergy is mediated by ige and you may have skin rash, hives, gastrointestinal upset, and/or respiratory symptoms from eating wheat but not other grains. Gluten sensitivity is genetically determined and symptoms can be induced by an product containing gluten aside from wheat. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? Are both hereditary?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease?  Are both hereditary?

Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one. ...Read more